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Mr James Williams

Post:Lecturer in Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 209
Personal homepage:153595

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877132
International:+44 1273 877132

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Lecturer in Science Education


I graduated in Geology from the University of London and trained as a science teacher at Chelsea College, Centre for Science and Maths Education, University of London. I taught science in North London (Enfield), South London (Croydon) and Surrey. I have worked as a head of biology, head of year and head of science. I entered teacher education in 1997. In 2006 I filmed a six-part TV history/reality series for Channel 4 called 'That'll teach 'em taking the role of the deputy head and housemaster in the fictional Charles Darwin school teaching 30 teenagers 1950s style.

I was awarded Chartered Science Teacher status in September 2008.

BSc (Goldsmiths' College, University of London)
PGCE (Chelsea College, University of London)
MEd (King's College, University of London)
CSciTeach (Chartered Science Teacher) 
FSB (Fellow of the Society of Biology)
FLS (Fellow of the Linnean Society of London)

I am a non-active, but elected fellow of:
The Geological Society of London (FGS)

Member Association for Science Education (ASE)
Member of the Society of Authors
Member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

Researcher ID Number: C-8252-2009 

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor - School Science Review
  • Executive Peer-Reviewer - Journal of Educational Technology and Society
  • Co-author of the best selling key stage 3 science programme for 11 - 14 year olds, Hodder Science


Community and Business

Articles at 'The Conversation: UK'



How to get teenagers to revise for exams during the holidays The Conversation: UK December 27th 2014

Today’s 13-year-olds are not as bad as we’re led to believe The Conversation: UK 24th November 2014

Conservatives’ crack team of superteachers will need the patience of Gandhi The Conversation: UK 16th October 2014

Are we focusing too much on examining practical science? The Conversation: UK 26th April 2014

Redacting exam questions on evolution is a slippery slope The Conversation: UK 11th March 2014 


Knowledge-exchange activities


 2nd May 2014 a podcast for Pivotal; Education: A Lecturer’s View of Teacher Training 


A short (3min) video presentation for Randstad Education: One Piece of Advice for those entering Initial Teacher Education

Conference presentations


25th June 2014 Key note presentation at the Association for Science Education South East Regional Science Conference at University of Surrey: The importance of evolution in the science curriculum, from primary to post 16


Other Events


Skeptics in the Pub: Eastbourne


April 18th 2013 Insidious Creationism


Brighton Science Festival


February 26th 2014 Alfred Russel Wallace: a life, a love of science and the mysterious missing ‘L’